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Giant's Castle

In the rugged wilderness of the Central Drakensberg, guests thrill at the spectacular views from Giants Castle, a comfortable and unique guesthouse in South Africa’s Giants Castle Game Reserve. Part of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site, Giants Castle is a cozy collection of chalets, lodges, and suites overlooking verdant, rolling hills. If you look closely, you might glimpse the mountains forming the “sleeping giant” for which the lodge is affectionately named.

A total of 37 two-bed chalets include en-suite facilities, lounge, dining room, fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, and barbecue area. One of these is a honeymoon suite known as Bride’s Bush and boasts a secluded setting with amazing mountain views. Four and six bed chalets offer comfortable accommodations for groups or families traveling together and include the same amenities as the two-bedroom chalets.

For the ultimate experience, book Giants Castle’s Luxury Rock Lodge, a three bedroom retreat in a magnificent, picturesque setting. In the spacious honeymoon suite, a massive rock forms part of the wall, and the rest of the lodge has been carefully carved from the side of a hill. With its turf roof, the lodge blends perfectly into its natural surroundings and provides magnificent views of the Drakensberg Mountains and the “sleeping giant.” All bedrooms boast en-suite bedrooms, and the lodge includes a lounge with satellite TV, dining room, and kitchen.

In season, the wildflowers of Drakensberg offer some of nature’s most dramatic displays. Guests explore landscapes, flora, and fauna through mountain walks, challenging hikes, and relaxing views from the veranda.

Other popular outdoor activities include fly-fishing for brown trout, mountain biking, camping, birdwatching, swimming, horseback riding, game viewing, ice climbing (winter months only), painting, and photographing the magnificent scenery. Main Caves Bushman Museum in a large sandstone cave is only a half-hour walk away and includes some of the earliest prehistoric San bushman rock art.

Smaller wildlife flourishes in the area, and guests commonly report sightings of eland, caracal, baboon, mountain reedbuck, and the rare bearded vulture.

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